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Thoughts on the Meaning of Life…..by Todd Helmkamp

Gun Sales Way Up Since Election

Posted by Vogeler on November 14, 2008

According to a blog post by Massad Ayoob of Backwoods Home Magazine, gun sales have increased dramatically since President-Elect Obama showed a large lead in the polls, and have stayed up since the election.

Ayoob states that,

“The explanation is pretty simple: the party that just ensconced itself in rock-solid power in Washington has long considered firearms restriction legislation to be one of its planks. Indeed, those at the pinnacle of power seem to consider it one of their priorities.”

He then offers a link to a webpage that was originally posted on President-Elect Obama’s transition-information website, Change.gov.  It is now archived, and no longer appears on the site.  On this webpage, the Obama administration states:

“As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn’t have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.”

While I think it is certainly perplexing that this information, and a lot of other information about what the Obama administration is planning has been removed from the site, I disagree with Mr. Ayoob’s interpretation of the statements as indicating a serious attack on gun rights.  My understanding of the statement is that the Obama administration wants to tighten the purchasing process and continue the ban on assault weapons, which I’m not sure if I support (why does any private citizen need that kind of firepower?  That’s how police officers get killed.  At the same time, if a dictatorial police-state was established, if the populace had no access to such weapons, the disparity in armaments would be a serious disadvantage in a revolution.).

Of course, my interpretation of the statement does little to allay my fears that gun ownership is in danger.   President-Elect Obama’s voting record does not inspire confidence that he intends to protect the 2nd Amendment.  And just because I don’t think a statement formerly posted on his website isn’t an extreme threat, doesn’t mean that the threat isn’t there.  And on that point, I agree with Mr. Ayoob’s point completely:  “It seems like an excellent time to join the National Rifle Association.”

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